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Snorkeling / SCUBA
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Whaleshead Beach is a sandy, wide beach, even at high tide.  It is also one of the longer beaches along the Oregon coast. The destination offers vaulted toilets at the parking area, numerous tree-shaded picnic tables and access to multiple viewpoints overlooking the rocky coastline. Whaleshead Beach also provides some fun features for families such as tide pools, multiple shallow creeks cutting across the sandy beach, and a large cave with a “window” that frames a view of the coast to the south. 

In addition to these features, the Oregon Coast Trail crosses the beach. Following the trail to the south will lead you to House Rock, while following the trail to the north will lead to Indian Sands.

The location was given its name because of the “whale spout” that can be spotted just off shore. The largest sea stack at the beach, when hit with the right wave, will spray a large stream of misty water that resembles a whale spout.

Logistics + Planning



Parking Pass

Not Required


Great views and expansive beach area.


Slightly rough access road.


Picnic tables
Tide pools
Whale watching
Tide pools


Nearby Adventures

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon
Ludlum House Recreation Area


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